Click through for the first in a three-part series on infrastructure disasters by the United Church of Christ Minister for Environmental Justice, the Rev. Brooks Berndt. The Flint, Mich., water crisis is just one example.
A widowed shopkeeper in need of a safe home; a chicken farmer in need of "seed money " and a business plan; three villages whose wells suddenly went dry – these are among the beneficiaries of UCC Disaster Ministries’ support for relief and recovery in Nepal following last year’s devastating earthquake, which now totals $240,000.
The United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are seeking to raise $500,000 for Ecuador earthquake recovery and have just co-published resources for churches to use to educate their members and rally their support.
The United Church of Christ's Micronesia churches took steps toward increased disaster preparedness and resiliency this month when they invited UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth to address their biennial General Assembly. It was an important step in capacity building in this Western Pacific region prone to cyclones, earthquakes and drought and rapidly rising sea levels due to climate change.
As the cleanup continues in Texas following high winds and flash floods in late April, UCC members are teaming up with the Houston Association of the South Central Conference and UCC Disaster Ministries to help the people affected by the storms find normal again.
With each new house that goes up, another family steps closer toward recovery from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. As the rebuilding effort in the Philippines continues — more than two years after the most destructive storm to make landfall ripped through the South Pacific — the United Church of Christ continues to help shelter the survivors who lost everything.
The United Church of Christ One Great Hour of Sharing and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Week of Compassion have issued a joint special appeal for $500,000 for Ecuador relief and recovery following the April 16 earthquake and aftershocks/quakes. Your generosity to this special appeal will enable a far-reaching response.
As the people of Nepal mark the first anniversary today of the most devastating earthquake to hit their small country in more than 80 years, the United Church of Christ is reaffirming its long-term commitment to help survivors put their lives back together. UCC Disaster Ministries is building 50 earthquake resistant homes and supporting psychosocial support, livelihood restoration and WASH [water and sanitation services].
Even as search and rescue efforts continue following last week's devastating earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, UCC Disaster Ministries has begun its response with grants totaling $12,500 for relief efforts in Japan, and $17,500 for Ecuador. "I fully expect that we will be engaged for the long term, especially in Ecuador where there has been significant damage throughout the country," said UCC Disaster Ministries Executive Zach Wolgemuth.
UCC Disaster Ministries is contributing $5,000 to an innovative, increasingly ecumenical "Bridge Project" in southwestern West Virginia that is restoring access and safety to residents whose small "private access" bridges were washed out by severe flooding last spring. The floods damaged or destroyed 1,000 homes, also washing out 300 "private access" bridges, forcing people to take inconvenient detours at best, or to risk dangerous crossings at worse.